A Dog’s Life (1914)

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A Dog’s Life (1918) Silent. Chaplin’s first written. produced, and starring film for First Nation Films, with “Scraps” the dog and Edna Purviance as the love interest. Action-packed and full of surprising comic skits that all connect to a solid plot. The slums were never better photographed, nor the crime in American cities better exposed. This remarkable movie also features Chaplin’s brother, Syd, as the lunchwagon owner.

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Undertaker radar, the death clown

Charlie Chaplin calligram by ClopinMiseried
Charlie Chaplin calligram by ClopinMiseried

Scrambles beneath overpasses,

Down sewers, and under bridges,

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Poking with his cane the refuse

And charred remains to pounce

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On a knickknack before the pack.

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Hot dogs and biscuits, grab

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Or starve, stray dog and stray

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Tramp brick a cop, take a dive

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And get thrown out, sleep

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With fleas in a vacant lot.

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Dig for a bone, cudgel and cuddle.

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Equally stray and bewildered,

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An innocent, refusing advances of a thug,

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Is fired without salary; grabbing for

The dog’s leash she grabs the tramp

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Who knows better than most

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Who really needs a kick in the pants.

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For he’s got a dog in his pants, tail

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Wagging the drum, falsetto tears

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Drowning hypocrisy, to bonk

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A pickpocket and manipulate

His hands for the cash

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Flying thief to thief.

 

That’s the way with capital

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And cops, there aren’t enough

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Dog rescuers to keep out of jail,

So fake a happy ending, cabin

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In a field of ripe crops, baby

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Pups cradled before the hearth.

                         

[Disposable Poem September 7, 2016]

Dr. Mike

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